Supporting you at every step

At VMH, we are committed to providing the right support for when a loved one passes away.

We understand that settling an estate can be stressful, and our VMH Executry Team has many years of experience in supporting families as they go through the process.

Once appointed, VMH Solicitors will take over the day-to-day administration of the estate, deal with assets and settle liabilities, settle income tax and inheritance tax, transact property sales and produce estate accounts. Or, if you would prefer to handle some of the administration yourself, our VMH Executry Team can offer a restricted bespoke service, tailored to your requirements.

We can also offer advice on what you need to do when someone dies, and we can act on your behalf. This includes registering the death and making funeral arrangements.

Contact us today to find out how we can help and we will talk you through your options.

Executries FAQ

What should I do when someone dies?

There are a number of things that should be done immediately to help with funeral arrangements. These include:

  • Notifying the family GP
  • Registering the death at one of the Registrars Offices in Edinburgh

 

How and where do I register the death?

There are various Registration Offices in Edinburgh and the Lothians. For a detailed list, with contact information, click here.

You must make an appointment with the relevant Registration Office, to register a death.

What documents do I need to take with me?

You should take the birth certificate and marriage certificate of the deceased, as well as the medical certificate, signed by a doctor, stating the cause of death.

Can I make funeral arrangements before I register the death?

You need a death certificate and other documentation provided by the Registrars Office before you can make funeral arrangements.

I have been named executor of an estate, what are my duties?

Being named as an executor of an estate, means that you will be responsible for a list of administrative tasks, related to the deceased’s processions. These can vary from making up inventories, completing inheritance tax returns to distributing the residue of the estate to the beneficiaries – to name a few.

VMH Solicitors can attend to most of these tasks on your behalf. Contact our Private Client Department for a free, no-obligation quote.